Friday 19 January 2018

Flood warning in place as thundery showers move across country

Yellow weather warning in effect for Munster, Connacht and Donegal

Freya Drohan

Freya Drohan

Heavy thundery downpours are likely to spread across the country today leading to local spot flooding.

Met Eireann has issued a yellow weather warning for Munster, Connacht and Donegal.

Rain showers will be very intense over short periods of time today, and rainfall of 25 to 40 milimetres are expected in places.

Western and southwestern counties are likely to have heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms through the afternoon and evening. These may lead to localised flooding, Met Eireann says.

The highest temperatures today will range between 14 and 18 degrees, and it’ll be coolest near exposed coasts.

A Met Eireann spokesman said the rain will continue throughout the week.

The eastern half of the country will experience some dry weather tomorrow but showers will continue in western parts.

From Thursday to Sunday, we can expect rain nationwide, and temperatures will range from 11 to 15 degrees.

From Sunday, brighter sunny spells will begin to emerge and temperatures will start to rise slowly.

In Dublin’s Fair City, we spoke to Gene Kelly, a paper seller on O’Connell Street, and it turns out he doesn’t quite share the sunny outlook of his name sake when it comes to rain.

Instead of “Singing In The Rain”, he said he’s more likely to be found crying in the rain.

As the ‘Paper Man’ on the city’s main thoroughfare, he says he is routinely plagued by customers asking if he has any “drier newspapers”.

Gene points to the statue of Jim Larkin adjacent to his paper kiosk, saying the historical figure with his hands stretched up to the heavens epitomises the Irish weather.

In an ideal world for Gene, it would rain consistently every night in Ireland from midnight until 5am. This, he says, would keep crops fertile and the farmers happy.

Irish Independent

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